The Last Seal is Historical Fantasy set during the Great Fire of London: Gunpowder and Sorcery in 1666!
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On the fifth day of July in the year of our Lord 1380 the warlock Stephen Blake released the demon Dantalion from the Abyss.
Hours before dawn, the short figure had stolen down Ludgate Hill to a small church that lay beneath the shadow of St Paulâ€™s Cathedral. With his cloak wrapped tightly around him to keep out the early morning chill, he had slipped unnoticed between the gravestones and stopped at the side door of the church. Blake paused now to glance behind, dark eyes probing the shadows that lay along the road and around the indistinct bulk of nearby houses beyond.
Somewhere in the city was the one man who might prevent him doing what he planned. This night had been long in the preparation and he did not want it spoilt by those interfering Praesidium, or their leader Cornelius Silver. He took one last look and then, satisfied he was alone, the door was opened with a judder and a creak as rusty hinges complained about unexpected use. He entered the gloomy interior, shutting the door behind him.
Once inside, he glanced around at the altar, the font and then towards the main doors and contemplated the scene. This was a place of worship: a hallowed sanctuary to the parishioners who came here to find peace, comfort and protection from evil.
â€œNam et si ambulavero in medio umbrae mortis, non timebo mala, quoniam tu mecum es,â€ Blake recited solemnly and then stood in silence pondering the words for a moment. â€˜For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me.â€™
Suddenly he laughed, a sneer snaking across his face as he thought about what he now planned to do. The faithful who trusted in this holy place would soon run from the shadow of death and Blake himself would be the one to bring them fear. No – much more than fear, in a few hours he would bring them terror.
Feedback and reviews
â€œAt times, I literally couldnâ€™t put the book down and was hooked to finding out what happened next. I was extremely impressed by your ability to keep the reader engaged with the action throughout.â€
Stephanie Williams, editor, Rebel Books.
â€œThe historical elements really shine and kept me interested, as did the atmosphere of a burning London and all the darkness and bleakness surrounding the terrifying Dantalionâ€¦ The tension and suspense in the latter part of the book were terrificâ€¦ at several points I had butterflies in my stomach.â€
Leigh Ferrani, author, Oxford Literary Consultancy
“Take the biblical terrors of a Dan Brown novel, add a little Harry Potter, then set it in the time of the Great London Fire of 1666, and you have a snapshot of Richard Denning’s suspenseful and exciting novel,Â The Last Seal. “
Nan Hawthorne, author or An Involuntary King.
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Comments from other readers:
‘Fantastically melodramatic and with a haunting gothic feel.’
‘ Your style reminds me of Marlon Brando with the thrashing and knocking over candles just to leave a church! You skyrocket the energy in every scene. I felt like ripping my clothes and falling to my knees. Your sentences flow and curl and strike. Well done.’
‘Vivid, with great energy and powerful! This is great writing, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed’